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Week in Review - November 14, 2015: YouTube Music, Hangouts Video Calls, About Me and more

This week YouTube Music launched, Hangouts streamlined the video call experience, you can control what people see about you on your new Google About Me page ( and use Google Maps to navigate even when you are offline. And there are tips and updates for AdSense, Google+, Hangouts on Air, Inbox by Gmail and more.

Image: Seine and Eiffel-tower in the sunset by Henri Rousseau (1910)

Support in response to the Paris terrorist attacks:

Upcoming Events

  • Interested in the Google Top Contributor Program? Mark your calendar for December 3rd (Google Top Contributor Program)
  • Are you a teen artist? Or do you know any artistic students in grades K through 12? Check out the Doodle 4 Google contest (Google)

Google+ and your Google Identity

  • New! The new Google About Me page ( lets you control what people see about you, no Google+ Profile required (Amber Yust)
  • Contest: Google+ writers and poets: this week's Google+ Collection #FeatureFriday contest is for you! (Google+ Creators Community)
  • Google+ is highlighting Communities and Collections by theme:
    • Foodies: Recipe Collections and Communities (Google+)
    • Space Explorers: Space Collections and Communities (Google+)

Local Businesses and Maps


  • New! The YouTube Music app is designed for music lovers - including a free 14 day trial of YouTube Red, no credit card required (US only)
  • Update See your estimated video views in real time with the YouTube Analytics Realtime report (YouTube Creators)
  • Update:Free iPhone video editing tools from Fly Labs available for the next 3 months (Fly Labs Inc)
  • Tip: Whether you are a business, brand, or just have a hobby channel, you can capitalize on video "micro-moments" (Think With Google)
  • Update: Project Butter: smoother YouTube video playback in Chrome (YouTube Engineering and Developers Blog)

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Updated March 2019 to remove Google+ links